What’s on TV Thursday: ‘The Flay List’ and ‘Hail Satan?’

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘The Flay List’ and ‘Hail Satan?’


THE FLAY LIST 10:30 p.m. on Food Network. The celebrity chef Bobby Flay and his daughter, Sophie Flay, bop around and sample New York City delicacies on this new show. The game of “The Flay List” is blending its food travel show setup with a dose of father-daughter bonding and teasing. Episodes center on the Flays each choosing a restaurant to share with the other, chomping and ribbing along the way. The first episode centers on tacos. Bobby brings his daughter to the Chelsea Market mainstay Los Tacos No. 1; Sophie brings her father to the hipster-chic Greenpoint, Brooklyn, restaurant Oxomoco. In between the two, they make time for desserts at L’Arte del Gelato. It looks like a good gig.

SAN ANDREAS (2015) 6:30 p.m. on TNT. “Hold on,” Dwayne Johnson yells during one of many nail-biting moments in this disaster movie, “we gotta get over it before it crests!” The “it” is a giant tidal wave barreling toward the Golden Gate Bridge. The “we” is Johnson’s character, a California rescue helicopter pilot named Ray, and Emma (Carla Gugino), his wife. Before the movie’s devastating earthquakes hit California, the couple were on the brink of divorce. They team up in an effort to save their only living daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), from death by natural disaster — a mission given extra urgency by the warnings of a seismologist played by Paul Giamatti. “The dialogue (the script is by Carlton Cuse) consists mainly of variations on ‘Hurry up!,’ ‘Get out of the way!,’ ‘Oh my god!’ and, ‘Let’s go get our daughter,’” A.O. Scott noted in his review for The New York Times. “That’s as it should be, of course. Eloquence is the first casualty of disaster, though the seismologist (encouraged by a journalist played by Archie Panjabi) does manage to issue a clear and cogent warning. And ‘San Andreas,’ for its part, delivers a perfectly sensible message: Listen to scientists.”

HAIL SATAN? (2019) Stream on Hulu; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The filmmaker Penny Lane turns her camera on the group that calls itself the Satanic Temple in this documentary, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Diving deep without losing a sense of humor, the movie looks at some of the group’s members, its role in the culture wars, and the history of American religion over the last hundred years or so. In his review for The Times, Ben Kenigsberg called the results “wry and illuminating.”

MILES AHEAD (2015) Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The life and music of Miles Davis are the subject of “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool,” a documentary that hits theaters this weekend. Those who want to pair that movie with a more impressionistic portrait of the artist can revisit this very nontraditional take, directed by and starring Don Cheadle. The film attempts to capture the musician’s essence by taking a period of his life in the 1970s and injecting it with, among other imagined scenarios, an armed car chase.



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